Yogi Ferrell to FOX 59: ‘We don’t hold each other accountable’

  • 11/04/2014 6:16 pm in

Junior Yogi Ferrell says the IU players, not the coaching staff, are at fault for the program’s recent troubles.

In an interview with Indianapolis TV station FOX 59 on Tuesday, conducted at Cook Hall, Ferrell said the blame for the Hoosiers’ recent off-court struggles lies with he and his teammates — and not with Indiana coach Tom Crean and his staff.

“The root cause is our entire team ourselves,” Ferrell said. “It has nothing to do with the coaching staff. The coaching staff is great. They get us ready for each game, prepare us as much as they can.

“I feel like it’s with the team. We don’t hold each other accountable.”

FOX 59 aired only part of the interview during its 5 p.m. broadcast and said it plans on airing the rest of it during the 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. broadcasts this evening.

Update: Full statements from Ferrell below:

“We, the Indiana basketball team, have let down our fans, family and friends and those before that have made Indiana basketball what it is today. We are embarrassed by our actions. Even I have made mistakes and I’ve owned up to those mistakes.

“And me being a leader of the team, I have to hold guys more accountable for their actions and what their actions can do to this program. Coach Crean has emphasized to us that the decisions that we make have to be good decisions and us being adults, we have made bad adult decisions. We have taken full responsibility for these actions.

“Now that these actions have come out, all we want to do is go out and play basketball. We will want our family and friends to support us as much as we can and we just want to go out there and play the game that we love and that’s the game of basketball.

“The reason why it’s so easy to make the decision that we make is the society we live in today. It’s not like it has been before where no one else did that. Now it’s our society and generation that’s open to so much more and just different types of things. We just make decisions that are just impulse decisions, I feel like.

“I say the root cause is the entire team ourselves. It has nothing to do with the coaching staff. The coaching staff is great. They get us ready for each game, prepare us as much as they can. I feel like it’s with the team. We don’t hold each other accountable. Coaches always tell us that we gotta make sure we’re brothers. We’ve got to have each other’s backs, basically and we haven’t been doing that.

“I learned a lot. I learned that now I’m doing actions as if, if I’m by myself, someone is watching me. I feel like I’ve turned a leaf and I’ve learned from it and told other guys that are going to make bad decisions not to do it.”

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  • MillaRed

    Are you still trying to justify the fact the IU fans supplying the monetary funds needed for the program to function does not give us an opinion?

    Go back from day one and show me one post that I asked for Tom Crean’s firing. It doesn’t exist. He is here. And while he is here he will be applauded (which I have done on numerous occasions) and criticized (for a number of reasons that are well documented).

    Unless I say, “I have been right all along.” Don’t tell me I am saying that. I am upset we have a kid in the hospital, a few others suspended and our program is being ripped to pieces nationally.

    And no, a 4 game suspension, two of which are exhibition games for a kid that got busted with Yogi and for drugs twice in what, 6 months? That CLEARLY is not a punishment fitting the crimes. It’s a joke.

  • MillaRed

    We are in total agreement on Winston. Trust me. I’m disgusted he is wearing a uniform.

    Dakich is getting paid to be the big mouth that he is. You called me out earlier for riding a wave. That is the guy riding a wave.

    You think Crean is a good long term answer. You are entitled to do so. I do not think he is the long term answer. I am entitled to do so. And the world goes round and round.

  • INUnivHoosier

    They had data ranging across different time frames and frequencies.

  • SilentBob

    Yea I looked all through their notes and didn’t see any mention to those time frames and how frequently they tested during those times. That was my lesser of my last 3 points however and still think it should be a 6 months to a year time frame as people go through lots of ups and downs in a year. Then they got a lot of info from mental health and drug clinics receiving government money. This is concerning for a few reasons. One these people are trying to prevent drug use, Two these clinics are receiving government money and don’t want that to stop. Three people who are druggies don’t like the government very much.

  • Indiana_Banners

    You referenced pin stripes in the future. Citations are not jailable offenses. Interesting bit about the frog, but won’t Emmitt actually be 21 in the future? Meaning that his conduct won’t land him in pinstripes in the future(in fact, he won’t even get cited!)? Just following your convoluted lead.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I was under the impression that they are random, but they are often known to be occurring in advance.

    I don’t really know, though. What you said sounds fair to me.

  • INUnivHoosier

    There is bias in other studies, as well.

    I guess you have to figure out who you trust more and/or view the results as a whole.

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    Intentional or not, that’s the way it comes off. It’s not really the best way to make friends, but judging from a lot of your previous posts, I don’t think you mind much.

  • SilentBob

    Then more of a problem with the month thing, we’ve talked about upwards arrests, how many busts did the law enforcement make in those months in those areas. We’re there any droughts when it comes to things like Marijuana? It’s affected by weather just like any other plant. Also the bulk of its info comes from the past decade or so, sometimes they compared to the year previous. You compare it to since the Nixon administration took over and I think you find much more alarming results

  • SilentBob

    Agreed and I think the government has the most bias in this issue, but hey I could be wrong. Drug studies are so scarce and ill funded that it’s hard to be conclusive about anything

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Pardon my wording before. I’m ashamed that fans of my favorite team would predict that these players are going to end up behind bars based off of the limited knowledge that they have of the individuals’ character. Sweet frowny face and emphasis on NEVER by the way.

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    Most assuredly you have every right to continue stating what you think about any/all laws currently on the books. It is one of the blessings of liberty bestowed on us as citizens. However, until the law(s) is changed, it is also incumbent upon us as citizens to obey the law or suffer whatever consequence comes our way whether the penalty is civil or criminal.
    Your stating, “he is being punished appropriately by the people who actually know him and are more likely than me to know what is best” is 100% unadulterated opinion. I never said nor implied that I know what is “appropriate or best” for any of those who are currently under the microscope. Neither do you.

  • ronb

    MillaRed, you now have stooped to ragging on one of two men who tried to always see your point and support you even when you were wrong. I know u hate Coach because when you left you told me. The ole man and I always had your back. You returned to the forum and here when trouble started and your return is to do one thing bring down Coach. Your judgement is clouded by your anger at Coach and your sincere desire to get rid of him. Come on man you don’t throw your friends under the bus on the public forum. You saw your opportunity to come out of hiding and jump in the get rid of Coach bandwagon and step on the friends you had. I am sad at how u treat a guy who always,always had your back.

  • Ole Man

    Appreciate your thought on that. I don’t share it and in this case neither do 56 other people. Milla was just disagreeing with me.
    Of course, like anyone, I care what others think; but in this instance, as you said, I don’t mind very much at all.

  • MillaRed

    Oleman and I are just fine. Don’t worry about it.

    I do not use the word hate. So your memory is waning or you are attempting create something out of nothing.

    I don’t hate anyone. Life is too short.

  • Dennis

    Let’s not bad-mouth players like this. Some of their past experiences do not need to be broadcast when there is no need for it.

  • Dennis

    Again, I know this is a long time since the above posting, but stop posting things from the past that slam these guys when it is not necessary. They are not the topic of today’s problems.

  • Dennis

    Juwan – thanks for your continued faith in IU. I am sure that you will be a big help in getting or keeping the other players in better control when you get here.
    Glad to hear from you that you still have faith in Crean. Your continued commitment shows future leadership for you.

  • ronb

    “He will be gone… Trust me” sure sounds like hate or at least great dislike. Sorry I called u out here but someone already tried on the Forum. I hoped u would return the old Milla but I see now you were just waiting to pounce on Coach. To me that is sad and something that can cause someone great mental grief . I felt u crossed the line when you trashed the ole man but if he is ok with that I am fine.
    You have a great night and I will never bring this up again. I thought naively that I could help u see this but that seems impossible. So I will never try it. Again. I am very sorry if I offended you with my attempt to help. I will never make this mistake again.

  • Dennis

    At this point in time, this will be the 170th comment. After reading all 169 of the previous ones, I feel good and sad at the same time.
    GOOD because there are many commnets that show that some IU fans realize the seriousness of the problems and bad decisions and SAD because some IU fans seem to want to bad-mouth players (current and past), coaches, administration, society, etc.
    Let us realize there is a problem that needs to be looked at and fixed. Yogi, the current leader of the team, has made his statement and now realizes that he needs to step up harder as the leader and let the team know how there actions effects the university, fans, and team. I feel other players will help him along with advice from alumni players. Crean has made his commitment to get things improved. Newly commited recruits have looked at this and made a decision to stay with their commitments (thanks guys and I am proud of you) and do their part in 2015.
    Let’s stop our negativity towards our program and let the above corrections get implemented. More positive comments and support will help the committed individuals fulfill their commitments and show future recruits that IU fans are behind the team.
    If we see failure in the future (which I don’t see), let the adminstration take the necessary action.
    We have a university that we can be proud of so let’s back the whole team – players, coaches, managers, and all the rest.

  • MillaRed

    Ron if you don’t know the difference between an opinion of “he will be gone” in whatever context it was said (privately mind you) versus “I hate Tom Crean” then you are correct. There is nothing else to discuss here. And most certainly nothing to be said in confidence off line.

  • ForeverIU

    Ha, no wonder! I knew it was too good to be true, coming from ESPN.

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    Everything’s going to get better for us! BTW, I believe that TC spoke from the heart in this afternoon’s presser; we got to learn a little more about him as a person & I was encouraged by what was said! While he was talking with the press corps, the thought came to mind that there are 4 things you can never get back:
    1. The word after it’s been spoken.
    2. The stone after it’s been thrown
    3. The opportunity after it’s been missed
    4. Time after it’s passed.
    I thank the God of my Childhood for second chances I’ve been given to get it right. TC and our players deserve the same.

  • Shawn Congo

    My intent is not to “bad mouth” players at all. It is a bit of normalizing for those looking at the party with rose colored glasses and think that certain guys were perfect just because this didn’t happen to those players or teams. I just think people are over reacting a bit. They are paying the price of public scrutiny and punishment. It is enough. And it’s not Tom Creans fault. Leaders in situations like this can only respond to make sure the players and program learn and grow from it. Let’s not bad mouth out coach either.

  • ronb

    Sorry Milla, I truly am.. I was just trying to shock you to see the path you are walking leads to a bad ending. I guess you can’t see that private or public. You did leave out “Trust me” Trust you for what? Don’t answer that I am sorry. It seems I have lost a man I thought was a friend because I was trying to change a bad path you are taking.
    Again I am sorry, so blame me if you want. It happened a few times in my Coaching Career for 55 years and I suppose it will happen again.

  • RatKingSports

    You are right.. too early to tell.. I was just in a pessimistic mood the other day.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Sorry that I got kind of defensive and took a cheap shot about the frowny face. I agree with your last statement 100%. Everyone deserves a second chance and I thought in the presser that Tom Crean was as real as he has ever been during one of those. The last thing you can never take back is 5. The typed word once you click post. Haha

  • Noah Cook

    Obviously a coach should be able to get a read on a player that he is recruiting and in building a relationship over time regarding that player’s character. Whenever I get to know someone I can tell pretty quickly what type of character that person has, for the most part by their general atitude and actions,. I’m saying that Coach Crean may have been very excited about the talent and potential of certain recruits and overlooked some red flags. When 6 of the 13 players on your team have been involved in illegal activity in the past 12 months this is a theory worthy of consideration.


    With emphasis on that last line !


    Have to disagree with that one. JaQuan Lyle, an instate, highly rated recruit, that a lot of people wanted, had the proverbial red flags and Crean resisted bringing him on board and instead told him what he needed to do differently and several sources say that he has now took Crean’s advice to heart and had turned several thing around. I know that this is only one example but none the less it is a perfect example of him NOT overlooking certain things in exchange to get the talent at all costs.

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    We’re good! Have yourself a blessed day!

  • Noah Cook

    That is one recruit out of how many, 30 that Crean offered for that class? Of course Crean isn’t an idiot. He could just use greater wisdom in evaluating character with every recruit. When 6 out of 13 players have broken the law you should conclude that this team has a severe lack of character and a huge maturity problem.

  • Dave Carnes

    There is power in religion and where ever there is power corrupt men will seek it.Same goes for politics.Racial leaders,even the occasional coach or principal.Non of these are inherently bad its just that inherently bad people can be attracted.